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Poster: dstiger500 Date: Feb 4, 2010 3:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

what makes this film PD? incorrect copyright notice? no timely registration? no renewal registration? what?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Feb 5, 2010 3:21am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

I answered this on your other post, but I though I'd put it here to in case anyone else is interested.

This film was registerd for copyright in 1988. The registration is below:

The Brain that wouldn't die.
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000399511 / 1988-09-29
Application Title: The Head that wouldn’t die.
Title: The Brain that wouldn’t die.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Rex Carlton Productions
Date of Creation: 1959
Date of Publication: 1962-10-31
Date in Notice: notice: 1960
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

While it was first published in August 1962, the film was made in 1959 and carried a copyright notice stating 1960. A published film from this time's first copyright term began during the year contained in the notice, regardless of whether that notice reflects the publication date (a predated notice of less that 28 years was acceptible if a timely registration and renwewal was lodged, but a post dated notice of more than one year is considered a faulty notice.) For this movie, a renewal registration was required by 31 December 1988 for the copyright to endure into the second term. No such renewal was lodged.


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Poster: dstiger500 Date: Feb 5, 2010 1:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

thanks for the prompt reply. However, the date of the copyright notice on the film, as streamed on archive.org, is "Feb. 15, 1962". It's at the very end of the film. Where did the 1960 notice date come from?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Feb 5, 2010 4:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Original release prints carried the below end title card reflecting both the film's original title and the 1960 copyright date. You might also notice that the "date in notice" of 1960 was included in the registration filing. Even if the copyright for this film was measure from 1962, which it wasn't, a separate renewal needed to be filed by 31 December 1990. No renewal was filed for this film.

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Poster: dstiger500 Date: Feb 7, 2010 5:10pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

thanks for the info